Intel-Google love-in leaves MeeGo going nowhere
Red-headed penguin stepchild Cinderella
Comment Intel has jumped into bed with Google, but the palpable excitement emanating from both companies seems incongruous - as it signals doom for the chip giant's child from its previous marriage of convenience, MeeGo.
It was only nineteen months ago that Intel and Nokia announced they were combining their respective Linux platforms into MeeGo. It was to be Nokia's reply to Android, and Intel's entry into a mobile industry hitherto dominated by chips based on ARM's architecture. But Nokia switched tack, deciding it needed Microsoft's help to take on the Chocolate Factory, and now Intel has jumped aboard the Android bandwagon, leaving MeeGo adrift from parents that no longer love it.
Intel will pay lip service to supporting MeeGo development for a while, just in case one of the Asian manufacturers picks it up and runs with it, but that's a remote possibility at best. Ultimately Intel doesn't care what OS runs on its hardware, but MeeGo is as dead as LiPS and more dead than LiMo - just another mobile Linux variant that no one wants.
Intel has lived on the WinTel alliance, but Microsoft's suggestion that it is approaching new friends threatens that. While shacking up with Nokia on the rebound seemed a good idea at the time, Nokia has emotional problems of its own. Intel's new pals aren't likely to be any more faithful, but an open relationship is better than no relationship at all.
So for Intel this is a good move. Declaring its commitment to Android demonstrates it has a strategy to plough into the mobile world, something the shareholders have been desperate to hear, but it confirms MeeGo as more of a never-ran than an also-ran. ®
Go Android, Intel...
Sad to see the little orphan drifting downstream.
Meego was never going to make it unless Intel were prepared to take on the securitisation of the OS. To extend the analogy, the prospect of college fees proved too much for the rich uncle. Perhaps this is because Intel would be robbing revenue from its new acquisition, McAfee. The truth is the anti-virus companies are essentially turd-polishers, and this will not do for neither mobile nor automotive - waiting for inevitable exploits and shutting the stable door.
Google are in a much better position to offer real security,they are ahead of the game because they can monitor the channels, build blacklists, set up alarm triggers etc. Basically they can own the problem.
In return, the combination of Intel and Google should be able, between them, to fight off the patent warfare and guarantee the long-term viability of Android.
So, lets hope for some secure-booting silicon from Intel and a secure, self-maintaining infrastructure from Google. Oh, and between them, a major adversary to the ridiculous patent trolling that may yet crush our information age.
I see platforms with MeeGo drift by from time to time at work, it certainly is being deployed, just not as visible and as such most commentards and the author of the article are totally unaware of it.
Namely, the place where the origin of MeeGo was (Moblin), in-car entertainment and navigation systems.
Some big name car brands are using it but you'll never know
Nokia Phones + Meego
"Originally, I suppose, they hoped Nokia would start selling a lot of Meego phones."
I never quite understood what value intel expected this partnership to provide them.
I can't imagine Nokia were ever going to build an x86 phone, unless they were planning on some sort of nostalgia fueled late eighties brick phone revival or something.